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Jacksonville State vs. Austin Peay - 2/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Austin Peay at Jacksonville State
Date & Time Saturday February 2, 2019, 5:00 PM (EST)
Location
Pete Mathews Coliseum
Jacksonville, AL
The Line
Jacksonville State Gamecocks -5 -- Over/Under: 146
TV Channel
ESPN+
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NCAA BB | Austin Peay at Jacksonville State
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The Austin Peay Governors will travel to Pete Mathews Coliseum to take on the Jacksonville State Gamecocks this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Austin Peay Governors improved to 15-7 (7-2 OVC) on the season after defeating the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles, 77-66, this past Thursday. Austin Peay dominated Tennessee Tech on both ends of the court in the 1st half and had no trouble cruising for victory after taking a 37-24 lead at halftime. Austin Peay held Tennessee Tech to just 37.7% shooting from the field and won the turnover battle by a 24-9 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Governors was Terry Taylor who had 18 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, and a block.

On the season, Austin Peay is averaging 83.0 ppg on 48.8% shooting from the field. The Governors are averaging 7.8 three-pointers per game on 38.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Austin Peay has been led by Terry Taylor (18.0 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.2 spg, 1.0 bpg), Chris Porter-Bunton (12.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.5 spg), Steve Harris (10.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.9 apg), and Zach Glotta (9.2 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.1 spg).

Defensively, Austin Peay is allowing their opponents to average 72.1 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field. The Governors have a rebound margin of 2.6 and a turnover margin of 3.6.

The Jacksonville State Gamecocks won their 2nd straight game and improved to 16-6 (8-1 OVC) on the season after defeating the Murray State Racers, 88-68, this past Thursday. Jacksonville State was outstanding offensively against Ja Morant and the Racers and had no trouble pulling away for victory after taking a 64-51 lead midway through the 2nd half. Jacksonville State shot 58.1% from the field while holding Murray State to just 40.0% shooting from the field & 25.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Gamecocks was Jason Burnell who had a double-double with 21 points, 15 rebounds, 1 assist, and a block.

On the season, Jacksonville State is averaging 76.3 ppg on 45.4% shooting from the field. The Gamecocks are averaging 5.9 three-pointers per game on 31.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Jacksonville State has been led by Jason Burnell (15.4 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.0 spg, 1.0 bpg), Marlon Hunter (12.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.0 spg), Ty Hudson (10.6 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.1 spg), and Jamall Gregory (8.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.8 apg, 2.1 spg).

Defensively, Jacksonville State is holding their opponents to an average of 67.2 ppg on 39.9% shooting from the field. The Gamecocks have a rebound margin of 5.0 and a turnover margin of 2.5.

The Governors are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games overall and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up win. The Gamecocks are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record and 12-4-1 ATS in their last 17 games overall.

Austin Peay has won 7 of their last 9 games and have been led by their offense that ranks 23rd in scoring offense, 21st in FG%, and 25th in 3P-FG%. Jacksonville State has won 9 of their last 10 games and have been solid on both ends of the court as they rank 108th in scoring offense, 76th in scoring defense, and 25th in defensive FG%.

Austin Peay has one of the most explosive offenses in the Ohio Valley Conference, however, the Governors haven’t had nearly the success on the road that they’ve had at home this season. We’ve been all over Jacksonville State in both their wins agianst Belmont and their recent victory agianst Murray State, and as I think the Gamecocks defense will gave Austin Peay some trouble, I’m taking Jacksonville State to cover this mid-range home spread.  

Pick:
Jacksonville State Gamecocks -5

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